When you bend a strip of plywood you get an elastic curve. What geometry does this curve follow? The main structural elements are strips of plywood that fold in a specific and supplementary manner, in line with proportions of the human body so as to establish the dimensions of the chair.
Flexibility and transformation are the fundamental ideas behind this design. The design allows the chair to migrate between different settings and respond to moods and needs of the user, since it can be transformed just by flipping it. This results to 2 different seating postures and designs as per the user’s needs. Besides the alteration, this gives the product a visual consolidation, emphasizing the reduction of materials and unification of forms.
Structural stability is attained by the overlapping plywood strips that curve into one another and are glued on connection points. The curve segments are combined together taking into account physically satisfying posture as well as ergonomics. These provide the necessary flexibility that thin layers of plywood offer as a construction material, together with the cushions attached to them. Cushions are designed to act as an extension of the chair’s main framing, having as a basic principle the minimum use of material and minimum number of construction elements.
The manufacturing process used for the plywood is steam bending – a low energy, low waste process using no toxic glues, just water. The process of steaming the wood also seasons it at the same as it is bent, using a fraction of the energy required in conventional kiln drying. Besides the natural beech wood finish, two colored types for the wooden parts are proposed: black & white.
Bio Niko Kapa is an award winning Architect, Industrial Designer and Researcher based in Dubai. He is the founder of Studio Niko Kapa, a multidisciplinary team that supports innovation using research as an integral part of the design process. The practice balances between architecture and product design, embracing the language of functionality, construction efficiency, and brand identity.
Other prizes International Design Award, Gold Prize (Architecture-Landmarks), Los Angeles 2017
International Design Award, Gold Prize (Architecture-Conceptual) / Los Angeles 2017
International Design Award, Bronze Prize (Architecture-Sustainability) / Los Angeles 2017
International Design Award, Bronze Prize (Architecture-Institutional) / Los Angeles 2017
Red Dot Award, Shortlisted, Singapore 2017
Audi Innovation Award, 3rd Prize, Dubai 2017
AIA Emerging Professionals, Laureate, Washington, D.C. 2017
European Product Design Award, Platinum Prize (Transportation), Brussels 2017
European Product Design Award, Silver Prize (Home Interior Products), Brussels 2017
European Product Design Award, Honourable Mention (Interior Furniture), Brussels 2017
German Design Award, Special Mention, Frankfurt 2017
AIA Middle East Design Award, Merit Award, Cairo 2016
Spark International Award, Gold Prize, New York 2016
DAF Award, Shortlisted, New Delhi 2016
Iconic Award, Best of Best, Munich 2016
American Architecture Prize, Bronze Prize (Institutional Architecture) / New York 2016
Asia Architecture Award, 2nd Prize (Innovative Design), Austria 2016
DA Industrial Design Award, Winner, Italy 2016
RTF Sustainability Award, 1st Prize (Cultural Architecture), India 2016
RTF Sustainability Award, 1st Prize (Sports & Recreation Architecture), India 2016
RTF Sustainability Award, 3rd Prize (Mixed Use Architecture), India 2016
WAN Award, Longlist (Future Projects), United Kingdom 2016
A’ Design Award, Bronze Prize (Social Design), Italy 2016
Florim Exhib-it!, Finalist, Milan 2016
International Architecture Design Award, Silver Prize, Italy 2015
International Green Design Award, Silver Prize, Italy 2015
Future of Shade Competition, 1st Prize, New York 2015
A’ Design Award, Silver Prize (Futuristic Design), Italy 2015
Natural Systems Competition, Special Mention, New York 2013
Yamaha Xenter Design Award, Laureate 2012
WA Awards, Laureate 2010
Photo Credit: Studio Niko Kapa
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